Monday, April 6, 2015

Sun Glare While Driving – March 2015

The following relate to the dangers of sun glare while driving, and traffic safety in general. They were derived from our twitter feed @SunPosition

Read our weekly news summary “Sun Glare and Driving” at:

Driving With Sun Glare | Consumer Reports via @AutomotiveFleet

Next Sunday, March 8, most Americans will “spring forward” and change their clocks and watches to Daylight Savings Time. While there are certainly benefits to having longer days, this shift may also increase driving risks associated with sun glare.

Of course, sun glare is already a major problem in many areas right now because of the presence of highly reflective snow and ice. This hazard is especially pronounced just after sunrise and just before sunset.

Vision Council of America (VCA) offers the following tips for motorists to help reduce the dangers caused by sun glare:

  • Drive cautiously and leave a proper distance to ensure ample reaction time.   
  • Make it a habit to lower visors to help block some of the reflected light.   
  • Avoid using high-gloss vinyl cleansers on dashboards.   
  • Keep the car windshield clean and the windshield washer fluid reservoir full.   
  • When possible, take an alternate route lined with tress or tall buildings in lieu of one with extreme glare.   
  • Turn on headlights to reduce the possible poor visibility of oncoming drivers.   
  • Most importantly, wear sunglasses at all times when sun glare is a problem. Even more important is to wear sunglasses with polarized lenses to reduce glare, and lenses with UV protection to shield the eyes from damage.

Looks like sun glare can cause crashes in more ways than one >

Beware: snow, ice and even sunlight can prove disabling to most collision mitigation systems

Damaged vehicles litter the road after a 40-vehicle pileup in Meridian, Idaho, Jan. 9, 2014.

Collision mitigation systems are becoming more and more popular on even the mundane entries and offerings of the automotive world. Lane departure warning and assist, forward collision warning and active braking, blind spot monitoring and rearview cameras have all rooted themselves on option sheets next to power moon-roofs and tri-zone climate control…

But on our Canadian roads, especially with inclement weather, how well do these systems operate when the snow blows, or the fog sets in, or even when the sun is shining?…

One of the latest technologies, Subaru’s EyeSight system, is prone to being disabled due to sun glare…

Sun glare blamed in chain-reaction crash on I-70 | WHIO

Sun glare blamed for I-70 chain-reaction crash photo

DAYTON, OH - Sun glare is being blamed for a multiple-vehicle, chain-reaction accident on I-70 West at the I-675 South on ramp that sent three people to a hospital, the Ohio Highway Patrol said…

Sun Glare Causes Two-Vehicle Crash on Route 322, Clintonville Man Injured


ELK TOWNSHIP, PA – According to Clarion-based State Police, around 8:04 a.m. on March 6, a two-vehicle accident occurred on State Route 322 (28th Division Highway), 49 feet west of Township Road 770, in Elk Township, Clarion County.

Police say 21-year-old Dillon M. Giesler, of Clintonville, and 47-year-old John M. Beabout, of Rimersburg, were involved in the collision.

According to police, Giesler was traveling east on SR 322 in the eastbound lane, and due to the sun glare, he failed to see traffic stopped in front of him…

After the time change it will be darker for the morning commute in the 2nd week of March.  Prepare for low sun until after 8:30 in Toronto  ...and late afternoons in Toronto especially after 6:15

Frosted windshield and sun glare dangerous combo >

Boy on bike hit by truck near Aurora school | 9News


AURORA, CO – A 11-year-old boy riding his bike to school was seriously injured after he was struck by a vehicle near the intersection of East 13th Avenue and Florence Street Monday morning.

Police say the boy was hit by a man driving a blue Ford-150 who was dropping his child off at the nearby Aurora West College Preparatory Academy.

The man hit the victim while he was making a right turn onto westbound 13th Avenue, police say. Security footage shows the boy not stopping before crossing 13th Avenue.

The truck appeared to have a significant amount of fresh frost on the windshield, according to Aurora Police. This may have limited the driver's vision. Sun glare could have also contributed to the crash.

Police say the victim was taken to the hospital with head trauma, and did not appear to have life-threatening injuries.

Charges against the driver are pending.

Sun glare possible factor >

Lancaster motorcycle crash still under investigation

A 43-year-old Lancaster Township man was "showing signs of improvement," a day after he was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash in Lancaster city…

Radmore said investigators planned to return to the crash site around 5 p.m. - about the time of the crash - Monday in an attempt to determine if sun glare was a factor in the wreck…

Sun can present glaring problem for NASCAR drivers

(published April 23, 2005 by Deseret News)

AVONDALE, AZ - Anyone who drives a car has at one time or another been at least momentarily blinded by the glare of setting sun.

Try having that happen at 150 mph.

"I noticed yesterday in practice the sun was coming under the grandstands right in your eyes," said Rusty Wallace, who will join 42 of his NASCAR Nextel Cup competitors in Saturday's Subway Fresh 500 — a 312-mile (500-kilometer) race that will begin in daylight and end under the new lights at Phoenix International Raceway.

The problem in Thursday's evening practice came between 6 and 6:30 p.m., which will be about one hour into today's race. Unless the day turns out overcast, as Friday did, that could lead to problems.

"You're right up against the wall, and that was really touch and go," Wallace explained. "When you've got sunlight right in your face going into turn one, that's one thing. You know kind of what to expect. But when you're wide open in the throttle coming off (turn) four and the sun is glaring in your eyes and you have to make a turn there, I think that's the tough turn."

It's just the latest sun problem faced by Cup drivers as NASCAR continues moving races into TV's prime-time hours on the East Coast.

"It will be a bit of a problem, but this race is not as bad as Darlington and Fontana," Jamie McMurray said. "At those tracks, the glare is real bad and lasts a lot longer."

Series points leader Jimmie Johnson is among the drivers who have mixed feelings about the trend toward starting races in the late afternoon.

"The reason I like it is because of the changing track surface," Johnson said. "I think that the more difficult you make it for the drivers and the teams, the better. You have to have those challenges.

"I love going to Lowe's Motor Speedway, where you start in the day and go into night for the (Coca-Cola) 600. The track changes so much you have to be on top of things to do your job. But, as far as the sun, especially at Phoenix, that is the hardest time to see. And it is going to be really, really tough to start that race and to know where you are relative to other cars. That is going to be a pretty tough challenge."

Johnson said the sun was so bright he had to have his spotter tell him what was in front of his No. 48 Chevrolet going into turn three last fall at California Speedway.

"I couldn't see the cars in front of me," he said. "That is the first time I have ever had to have someone tell me where cars were in front of me, and that is just not a safe situation."

NASCAR spokesman Jim Hunter said the sanctioning organization is very aware of the situation, but that officials are counting on the ingenuity of the Cup teams to ease the problem.

"These guys know what they'll be facing and they have dark face shields for their helmets and some other things to keep from being blinded," Hunter said. "I'm sure our officials will be keeping a close eye on it to make sure it doesn't become a big problem."

Four-time series champion Jeff Gordon thinks it might already be a big problem.

"I love night racing, but I'm extremely concerned with the starting times of these races," Gordon said. "I don't think they're taking the competitors into account enough because they're not recognizing how the sun sets and how blinding it is at these racetracks.

"I think they need to be pushing these times back later or they need to find a way to block the sun for us because we can't put enough things on the windshield or our helmets to block it."

But defending series champion Kurt Busch said he isn't too concerned about facing the glare of the setting sun.

"It's going to be tough looking at the sun for awhile, but that's the direction of our sport," Busch said. "If we start the race here at 8 o'clock, it'd be 11 back East, so it's something where the drivers will have to put up with it for a little bit.

"But then it'll be a great race, in prime time Saturday night, for the fans that'll be watching it here or the fans watching on East Coast television."

> Here's a sun angle diagram I prepared for last fall's (November 2014) NASCAR race at Phoenix Raceway

> The sun will be in line with the front straightaway at around 4:35pm MT in this weekend's NASCAR race @PhoenixRaceway. Hopefully the race will be done by then.

5 reasons why Daylight Saving Time week is dangerous for Portland area commuters | via @oregonian


Every year at about this time, firefighters use Daylight Saving Time to remind people to check the batteries in their smoke alarms.

But springing forward is also a perfect time for commuters to reflect on road safety.

Here are five things to reflect on as we reset our clocks, schedule and bodies to new time…

read on >

Even a big yellow school bus with flashing lights can be hard to see with sun glare >

Car crashes into bus, gets stuck underneath

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - A car ended up stuck underneath a school bus after a rear-end crash Tuesday morning.  According to police, a D-11 school bus had stopped in front of an apartment building on Galley Rd. near Murray Blvd. to pick up students at 8:15 a.m., when it was hit by a car.  The bus had its flashers on and stop bar extended.

At the time of the crash, there were 29 middle school and elementary school age children on the bus.  There were no injuries to the students or to either driver.

It was reported to police that there was excessive sun glare at the time of the crash.

No fault in aircrafts, pilots: Blinding sunlight responsible for Argentina crash | The Indian Express

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The two helicopters had just taken off and were flying in tandem over some of Argentina’s most rugged terrain, carrying well-known French athletes and others who were participating in the popular TV reality show “Dropped.”

Then one of the aircraft suddenly swerved, clipping the other and sending both plummeting to the ground in the foothills of the Andes and killing all 10 people on board.

The helicopters were in good condition and both Argentine pilots were qualified and experienced, family and officials said Tuesday, with speculation on why the collision happened ranging from blinding sunlight to the thermal updrafts that are common in the hot, cactus-filled landscape…

The aviation director La Rioja province, Daniel Gorkich, told The Associated Press that both aircraft were in good shape and that Castillo and the other pilot, Roberto Abate, were highly trained. He pointed to the afternoon sun and strong winds as possible factors in the accident.

At the moment of impact “the sun was setting on the Andes mountain range directly in front of them. Also this is an area with wind gusts,” Gorkich said…

How To Drive In Blinding Sunlight | Drivella

How To Drive in Blinding Sunlight

When driving under a late-afternoon sunset or early morning sunrise, one of the woes of a driver is blinding sunlight. This is a big problem because the sun glare is just too strong, making your eyes squint as you try hard to see the traffic ahead. To avoid accidents when confronted with this condition, it pays to remember some of this practical advice…

read on >

Sun glare cited >

Rocker @thedavidcrosby injures jogger in car crash | via @nzherald

Rock legend David Crosby has seriously wounded a jogger after hitting him with his car.

The 73-year-old was driving near his home in Santa Ynez when he struck the 46-year-old male at a speed of 55mph…

The CHP are still investigating into what caused the crash, but officers reported that Crosby claimed he was momentarily blinded by sun glare and dint see Jimenez running on the right hand side of the road…

Sun just above horizon after curve >

At least 14 vehicles involved in pileup that shut down I-27

Northbound traffic on Interstate 27 was diverted to the frontage road for more than an hour Tuesday morning after at least 14 vehicles were involved in multiple accidents and a pileup on the overpass spanning South Washington Street.

Between 7:28 a.m. and 7:55 a.m., Amarillo police responded to four accidents on northbound Canyon Drive between the Interstate 40 exit ramp and the Washington exit, Sgt. Brent Barbee said in a news release…

The sun was just climbing above the horizon as drivers whipped around the curve, affecting visibility and contributing to the wrecks, police said…

“Slowing down and creating space allows a cushion all around your vehicle to give you time and space not only in front, but also behind you,” Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Chris Ray said.

Ray also cautioned drivers to use sunglasses and their vehicles’ sun visors when appropriate.

But most importantly, slow down, “especially in bad weather, construction areas, heavy traffic, and areas of reduced visibility such as crashes or sun glare,” Ray said.

Barbee advised drivers who travel on northbound I-27 to be aware of the hazard of the reduced visibility caused by the angle of the sun as it rises. When approaching a crash site, don’t “rubberneck” or try to take photos when passing a crash, Ray said…

Sunglare Blamed For Kearney Hill Accident

Sunglare Blamed For Kearney Hill Accident

Sunglare is blamed for an accident this morning near 12th Corso and Second Street north of Arborview Apartments.

A Jeep SUV with three passengers was traveling toward the sun when it struck a parked vehicle…

Driver missed stop sign >

Sun's Glare Causes Serious Car Accident In Aurora

Aurora police are investigating a serious car accident that occurred at the intersection of South Peoria Street and East Arkansas Avenue Friday.

An adult female driver ran through the intersection after missing a stop sign on East Arkansas Avenue. She could not see it because of the sun in her eyes, and struck a car traveling on South Peoria Avenue…

> Here's an example of what a stop sign can look like against a setting sun

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Cheers, Ralph

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